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15 November 2000 (France) See more »
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Love has a language all its own
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Jean, a farm lad, wants to escape his silent father; he runs to Paris to his older brother, Georges... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Juliette Binoche ... Anne Laurent

Thierry Neuvic ... Georges
Josef Bierbichler ... The Farmer (as Sepp Bierbichler)
Alexandre Hamidi ... Jean
Maimouna Hélène Diarra ... Aminate
Ona Lu Yenke ... Amadou
Djibril Kouyaté ... The Father

Luminita Gheorghiu ... Maria
Crenguta Hariton ... Irina (as Crenguta Hariton Stoica)
Bob Nicolescu ... Dragos

Bruno Todeschini ... Pierre
Paulus Manker ... Perrin
Didier Flamand ... The Director
Walid Afkir ... The Young Arab (as Walide Afkir)
Maurice Bénichou ... The Old Arab
Carlo Brandt ... Henri
Philippe Demarle ... Paul
Marc Duret ... The Policeman

Arsinée Khanjian ... Francine
Florence Loiret Caille ... Amadou's Friend (as Florence Loiret)
Nathalie Richard ... Mathilde
Andrée Tainsy ... Mrs. Becker
Elisabeth Marceul ... Child
Melissande Zeddam ... Child
Brandon Croteau ... Child
Sonia Chauvelin ... Child
Baptiste Gintzburger-Batle ... Child
Sarah Agogue Tasse ... Child
Alexandra Croteau ... Child
Jerome Ferreira ... Child
Melanie Lhote ... Child
José Marques ... Child
Guessi Diakite-Goumdo ... Salimata
Jean-Yves Chatelais ... Shop Owner
Laurent Suire ... Policeman

Féodor Atkine ... Man in Taxi (voice)

Malick Bowens ... Witch Doctor
Ioan Marian Boris ... Nicu
Monica Popa ... Nuta
Ada Navrot ... Florica
Giba Gonçalves ... Percussion Teacher
Dominique Douret ... David

Tsuyu Shimizu ... David's Friend (as Tsuyu Bridwell)
Antoine Mathieu ... Restaurant Waiter
Constantin Barbulescu ... Mihai Popa
Domeke Meite ... Demba
Marany Fofana ... Youssouf's Sister

Aïssa Maïga ... Black Girl with Blonde Hair
Costel Cascaval ... Man in the Garden
Sandu Mihai Gruia ... Group Leader
Daniel Dublet ... Uncle
Boris Napes ... Father in Cemetery
Isabelle Pietra ... Mother in Cemetery
Cristina Ioanidis ... Tatiana
Ion Haiduc ... Man in Squat
Guillaume Morvilliers ... Pierrot
Pascal Loison ... Jolly Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Cullen ... Character portrayal
Irina Lubtchansky ... Camera Assistant

Michael Haneke ... Voice of Unseen Director of Anne's Film (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Haneke 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Haneke 

Produced by
Yvon Crenn .... executive producer
Christoph Holch .... co-producer: ZDF
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Thilo Kleine .... co-producer: Bavaria Film
Titi Popescu .... co-producer: Filmex
Alain Sarde .... producer
Michael Weber .... co-producer: Bavaria Film
 
Original Music by
Giba Gonçalves 
 
Cinematography by
Jürgen Jürges 
 
Film Editing by
Karin Hartusch 
Nadine Muse 
Andreas Prochaska 
 
Casting by
Kris Portier de Bellair 
 
Production Design by
Emmanuel de Chauvigny 
 
Set Decoration by
Laurence Vendroux 
 
Costume Design by
Françoise Clavel 
Gloria Papura 
 
Makeup Department
Isabelle Luzet .... key hair stylist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Ion Toma .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bruno Bernard .... unit production manager
David Crenn .... assistant unit manager
Diona Dragnea .... production manager: Romania (as Doina Dragnea)
Nathalie Kreuther .... executive in charge of production
Manuel Recolin .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melia Cerchez Anghel .... assistant director: Romania
Denis Imbert .... assistant director
Arnaud Mathey-Dreyfus .... assistant director
Virgil Nicolaescu .... second assistant director
Alain Olivieri .... first assistant director
Joseph Rapp .... assistant director
Dorel Torcatoru .... assistant director: Romania
Gaëlle Tronquit .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Véronique Barnéoud .... first assistant art director
Gabriel Bucur .... assistant decorator: Romania
Bernard Chenevier .... construction manager
Yann Dury .... carpenter
Corinne Martin .... painter
Calin Papura .... set decorator: Romania
Thomas Pitre .... property master
Olivier Prost .... assistant decorator
Jean-Luc Schwarz .... key painter
Vlad Teodor .... assistant decorator: Romania
Annie Tourriol .... assistant decorator
Ion Vasilescu .... assistant decorator: Romania
Laurence Vendroux .... construction manager
Wouter Zoon .... property master
 
Sound Department
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Dominique Eyraud .... boom operator
Eric Ferret .... sound mixer
Judith Guittier .... assistant foley artist
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound mixer
Lionel Lebras .... boom operator: post-synchronisation
Laurent Lévy .... sound effects editor
Nadine Muse .... sound editor
Guillaume Sciama .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Séverine De Wever .... production coordinator
Pierre Foury .... special effects
Daniel Lenoir .... special effects
Benoît Squizzato .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Olivier Poujaud .... digital compositor
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Daniel Trujillo .... digital artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Atellian .... key grip (as Andre Attelian)
Sandel Bacalu .... gaffer: Romania
Frédéric Batier .... second assistant camera
Benoît Bayle .... grip
Marion Befve .... second assistant camera
Guy Bordet .... electrician
Carlos Cabeceran .... Steadicam operator
Olivier Cazzitti .... gaffer
Marian Ene .... grip: Romania
Nicolae Geoana .... electrician: Romania
Jim Howe .... gaffer
Jean-Bernard Josko .... grip
Irina Lubtchansky .... first assistant camera
Jérémie Nassif .... still photographer
George Nicolae .... electrician: Romania
Florin Niculae .... electrician: Romania (as Florin Nicolae)
Gérard Rival .... grip
Marian Sandor .... second assistant camera: Romania
Joel Spinola .... electrician (as Joël Spinola)
 
Casting Department
Carmen Brezeanu .... extras casting: Romania
Melia Cerchez .... casting: Romania
Claire-Marie Cuvilly-Givert .... extras casting
Evy Figliolini .... extras casting
Valérie Flan .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adina Bucur .... costume assistant: Romania
Germaine Ribel .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Yannick Coutheron .... assistant editor
Pierre Réali .... color timer
 
Other crew
Razvan Constantinescu .... general administrator: Romania
Aline Corneille .... production secretary
Mariana Costea .... production assistant: Romania
Eric Dupressoir .... groupman
Greg Engler .... location consultant: pre-production
Mathilde Incerti .... press attache
Nathalie Kreuther .... production assistant
Lina Martins .... assistant: Juliette Binoche
Chloé Perlemuter .... script supervisor
Gisèle Vuillaume .... production administrator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages" - France (original title)
"Code Unknown" - Canada (English title)
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Runtime:
France:118 min | Netherlands:117 min
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Director Trademark: [Michael Haneke] [character name]Juliette Binoche's character is named Anne Laurent.See more »
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Anne Laurent:Look over by the wall. That's the black kid who harassed Jean. Don't let him see...
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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A Fascinating Exploration of Communication Across Race, Class, Gender, Ages, Geography and Senses, 18 January 2006
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Unknown Code: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages)" is a fascinating exploration of communication, using all the elements of film to create a trompe l'oeil of sight, sound and character interactions.

We see extended vignettes of people tangentially related through an accidental intersection in Paris. In a brief interview on the Sundance Channel, where I viewed the film, writer/director Michael Haneke said he specifically selected Paris because it is one of the few European cities whose multiculturalism is so visible. We see here how it attracts immigrants not only as traditionally from the rural countryside, but now from Eastern Europe and Africa.

Though not as violent as the incidents in "Amores perros", released the same year, or the later "Crash," the unsettling confrontation influences the characters' perceptions, of each other and of authority figures. We see them made sensitive to how people look, how people talk to each other, the sounds they make, and, even more importantly, shades how they interact. We see how differently people communicate with their own families, with their friends, their parents, their children, their colleagues, their lovers or their advisers, particularly through simple life cycle events.

Sometimes Michael Haneke toys with us, as the camera moves back and reveals that a poignant situation isn't as dire as we thought, particularly playing on the terrific Juliette Binoche's well-known image as a beautiful actress (and yes, she does look beautiful even standing around in lingerie ironing while watching TV). Or he plays ironic tricks – having deaf kids do emotional charades or perform in a marching drum band or creating ambiguity about a door entry code to reinforce a theme of restless homelessness. We see lovers who communicate passionately without words, in one lovely scene even without touching. (I wonder if this scene with these two inspired a related scene in Rodrigo García's recent "Nine Lives.")

One key character is a self-righteous photojournalist (really stereotypically portrayed by bearded, hunky, disheveled Thierry Neuvic in a multi-pocketed vest with an ever-present camera around his neck) documenting ethnic cleansing in Kosovo or taking candid portraits of unaware subway passengers. But he is helpless at assisting his rebellious teen brother or sullen farmer father or estranged young son. Issues of responsibility to neighbors and passersby is viscerally shown to be not the extreme goal of stopping genocide, but rather providing dignity to a fellow human being or simply listening to what's happening next door and acting on it.

Haneke provides sympathetic insight into the inner lives of African immigrants, with an ear to how happenings look different to Western rationalists than to those used to revelations of divine and interpretive meanings, particularly in dreams, or sense of time.

But while he is very sympathetic to the pushes and pulls of immigration that change people's place in society from matriarch to "the gypsy" as the universal "other" who everyone higher up in society puts down, the family scenes in the Romanian village are more stereotyped, with ethnic wedding dancing.

Haneke's disarmingly passive style, with almost no music or cinematic affectations (he even mocks his Dogme-style use of sound by showing actors in the film-within-a-film re-dubbing dialog lost to a passing airplane) does make us feel like voyeurs, with each vignette constructed in a single take. In the filmed interview he said the key opening scene took 32 takes before he was satisfied.

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